Denzel Washington Weekend – Antwone Fisher (2002)

Director: Denzel Washington

Writer: Antwone Fisher (Screenplay)

Starring: Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Leonard Earl Howze, Kente Scott

 

Plot: Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins.


Tagline – Inspired by a true story. 

Runtime: 2 Hours

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Moving Biopic

 

Story: Antwone Fisher starts as we pick up with the incident which caused navy officer Antwon Fisher (Luke) which saw him on the last chance situation, this brings him to psychiatrist Dr Jerome Davernport (Washington) that wants to help Antwone get to the root of this anger problems.

As Antwone starts to get his feet back on track he meets the beautiful Cheryl (Bryant) just before his latest leave where the anger erupts again, until Davenport gets to the bottom of al the problems that Antwone has been dealing with.

 

Thoughts on Antwone Fisher

 

Characters – Antwone Fisher is a real man, this is his story about his connection with a psychiatrist that helped put his life back on the right track after a troubled and abusive childhood. There was always a good man inside him, but the anger of abandonment haunts him. Dr Davenport is assigned to Antwone to see if he is going to be fit to return to duty in the navy. He struggles to get through to him at first, but pushes him to tackle his past to help him move on, unlike anyone before. Cheryl is the fellow navy officers that Antwone falls in love with, the one person that he opens up to and supports him.

PerformancesDerek Luke was an unknown actor at this point of his career, he took this role and made himself a star with his performance. Denzel took directing duties on this film too, where he is the supporting role and shows the level of performance that knows how to let the lead take control. Joy Bryant is good even if she is only given the role of supportive love interest.

StoryThe story here is one man’s life, Antwone Fisher, the abuse he dealt with in a foster home which has caused him to hold in plenty of anger. We follow the one doctor who helped Antwone get through these troubles to confront his past to make him the man he is today, a good man. This story is hard to believe, but is hauntingly as real as they come when telling the true story of one man, this could easily explain a lot of problems in the world, where are people do need to accept each other more, not use or abuse them.

Biopic The story of Antwone Fisher is one that ends up feeling incredible, the suffering he faced as a child to the levels he gets in the navy.

SettingsWe are shown where Antwone is now living, where he is from and how this moment has guided him from location to make him stronger.


Scene of the Movie –
Reunion.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We could learn more about where Antwone goes next.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good biopic that shows one man’s troubles in life that needed to open up about them to move on.

 

Overall: Good biopic throughout.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Crime – N – Notorious (2009)

Director: George Tillman Jr

Writer: Reggie Rock Bythewood, Cheo Hodari Coker (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Angela Bassett, Antonique Smith, Charles Malik Whitfield

 

Plot: The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.


Tagline – The story of the man behind the legend.

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fans of the Icon will Enjoy

 

Story: Notorious starts with the final moments of Christopher ‘Biggie’ Wallace (Woolard) life, before he flashes back to his childhood, raised by his single mother Voletta (Bassett), getting given a chance to start making money from drug dealing where he becomes addicted to make money, until he gets busted.

At 19 he gets a chance to enter the music industry when Puffy Daddy (Luke) gives him a way to escape the life of drug dealing, however difficult it seems. When Biggie finally get the record deal, he soon becomes an international sensation grabbing the attention from another rapper Tupac Shakur (Mackie) who soon becomes a rival with deadly consequences.

 

Thoughts on Notorious

 

Characters – Christopher ‘Biggie’ Wallace was a rapper from Brooklyn, he started on the streets as a drug dealer, before showing his rapping skills that saw him become one of the biggest rap stars in the world in the 90’s, we get to see how he has to deal with his vices with women chasing his desire to have too much money. The film doesn’t show him to be a nice man, he cheats on his partners, commits crimes and gets violent when he gets upset, it is a shame for somebody with talent to be such a horrible person. Sean Puffy Combs is the man that takes a chance on Biggie even after losing his position in a record company, he had an eye for talent and knew how to make the most out of it. Tupac is a rival rapper that starts with respect, but because of his continuing side business in drugs, the tension grows and Tupac soon starts a war against Biggie which became a bigger story than any of their music. Faith is Biggie’s wife that has the talent he has though she does become the one that stays with him even if they have an abusive relationship toward each other, well that is what the film shows us.

PerformancesJamal Woolard is brilliant in this leading role, he shows the laidback style Biggie presented himself as, while showing just how easily he can snap. Derek Luke and Anthony Mackie are both strong in the supporting roles, while the rest of the cast give us strong performances too.

StoryThe story here follows the life of Biggie one of the biggest rappers of the 90s that wanted to prove music could inspire change only to get drawn into a gang war with another rapper Tupac, one that made the two even more famous. We follow Biggie in and out of the music world, seeing how he was trying to escape a life of crime, but is drawn into relationship problems. The story doesn’t always paint him as a nice guy though, the way he handles the women in his life is getting into the abusive area. Otherwise this shows us how Biggie wasn’t interested in getting involved in the gang war, he just want to make honest money.

Biopic/Crime/MusicThe biopic side of the film shows how Biggie was being drawn towards a life of crime or leaving it behind to become a big music sensation and how his life changed with the new, making him part of one of the biggest rap battles in history. The crime world is showing how Biggie was always trying to get out of this world and give you hope to others that are facing it. While I personally wasn’t a fan of the music involved, it will please the fans of his music.

SettingsThe film is set in the backdrop Brooklyn shows where he has come from and how he wants to stay loyal to the people who supported him.


Scene of the Movie –
Making the choice.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The film doesn’t show him able to treat his women with respect.

Final ThoughtsThis is a biopic that showed how easily a rivalry can start within the business that could end up becoming deadly between two biggest names in the music industry.

 

Overall: Music biopic that defined a decade.

Rating

 

 

Self/less (2015)

logoDirector: Tarsem Singh

Writer: David Pastor, Alex Pastor (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Melore Hardin, Michelle Dockery

Plot: A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Sci-Fi Body Doublling

Story: Self/less starts with ruthless business man Damian (Kingsley) who runs the city and has connections in every corner of business, he weakness is that he has been diagnosed with cancer and will dead within a year. Damian has been researching a process called Shedding that his long time friend and confidant Martin (Garber) has never heard off.

Dr Albright (Goode) is the man behind the Shedding process and the idea has been pitched to Damian who has to make up his mind about making it happen. After going through the process Damian wakes up in a younger body (Reynolds), Damian now has to learn to adapt to his new body with the likes of walking needing to be learnt all over again. Damian has to start a new life though, with money put on the side along with a new name Edward.

Everything seems to go well with the new body, parties, girls booze all the things he never got a chance to do in his first life, but Damian can’t help but miss his previous life with daughter Claire (Dockery) as well as vision he has no idea about.

Damian decides to investigate this vision he has which leads him to discover where the new body really cam from and what the Shedding company has really been getting up too.

Self/less brings another twist to the double swapping idea, sure we only see one side of it all but that doesn’t mean we don’t see the effects. We have the people who knew the body side while he tries to convince the mind side, so that all works nicely. I liked how the film tries to bring in the idea of becoming immortal and the people it would effect. The idea give us the old cause against effect concept and all works really well. Overall this does plan out simple but also gives us the moral questions. (7/10)

Actor Review

Ryan Reynolds: Young Damian is the new body that Damian gets, he gets to live for fun until he starts getting vision of a life that wasn’t his. After he starts researching it turns out the body is of a man called Mark who made a deal to save his dying daughters life. He know has to expose the truth before he loses control. Ryan continues to show his range in a leading role. (7/10)damia

Natalie Martinez: Madeline is the wife of Mark who thought her husband had died, but when Damian turns up she gets to learn how much he sacrificed to give his daughter a new life. Natalie does well but never really excels in this role. (5/10)

Matthew Goode: Albright is the doctor taking care of the Shedding process, he is very careful to keep his own identity secret to protect what is really going on. Matthew gives us a calm villain which all comes off very well but also ends up feeling rather generic. (6/10)

Ben Kingsley: Damian is the successful business man who is dying, he uses his money to go through the Shedding process thinking it is all legit, he leaves his daughter to his money but himself a back up once he has changed. Ben does well in his early role in the film. (7/10)

Support Cast: Self/less has a supporting cast that is either helping Damian or trying to capture him, they all do well without doing too much.

Director Review: Tarsem SinghTarsem does a good job directing a sci-fi action film. (7/10)

Mystery: Self/less does create a mystery but doesn’t give you many clues to what is happening. (5/10)

Sci-Fi: Self/less uses the idea of advanced technology being used to change human mortality. (7/10)

Thriller: Self/less gives us the thriller side by making us want to know what will happen until the end. (7/10)

Settings: Self/less doesn’t us any special location during the film. (3/10)

Suggestion: Self/less is one to really give a chance to, I think this is one people will enjoy but I understand it might be slightly long for all. (Try It)

Best Part: Car chase.

Worst Part: Slightly long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Island

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $12 Million

Budget: $26 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Tagline: God created man. Man created immortality.

Overall: Good sci-fi film that asks moral questions.

Rating 70

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

logoDirector: Adam Brooks

Writer: Adam Brooks (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Derek Luke, Isla Fisher, Kevin Kline, Rachel Weisz

 

Plot: Will Hayes (Reynolds) a recently divorced man who picks up his daughter from school the two favourite days of the week. Upon his arrival he finds out his eleven year old daughter Maya (Breslin) has just been through a sex education class. Now she has all these questions about why he is no longer with her mother. Will decides to tell Maya about his three loves with alternative names Emily (Banks), April (Fisher) and Summer (Weisz). Will leaves it up to Maya to figure out which one is her mother.

 

Verdict: A delightful romantic comedy

Story: It is fair to say I am not a fan on the romantic comedy genre but every now and then a film comes along that I want to see. This was one of them and it helps by having the draw of a top romantic comedy actor in Reynolds. The story covers nearly 15 years of his life showing his ups and down in love and in career. The best thing about the story is that everything seems to be very natural and realistic. We all go through ups and downs in our lives but it is the way we deal with them that will define us, this shows all of that. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Ryan Reynolds – Will ambitious guy who believes in love but always misses what is right under his nose. Reynolds shines in this role he has always able to pull off the comedy level without having to make a complete fool of himself. Star Performance Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Abigail Breslin – Maya the daughter of Will who wants to know how he met her mother. Good performance in what turns into a very good character that’s innocent vision on love almost becomes the heart-breaking side to the story. She also offers a roll of being almost the audience view point saying what we are thinking. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Elizabeth Banks – Emily Will’s first love who keeps popping up in his life. Nice supporting character but seems to be the least used of the three ladies involved in Will’s story. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Isla Fisher – April the fun laid back lady in Will’s story. Good performance creating a very likable character bubbly and fun throughout. Favourite Character Award (8/10)

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Actor Review: Rachel Weisz – Summer of all three ladies in Will’s story she is the most similar to him career driven also very independent. Good performance in the supporting role. (7/10)

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Director Review: Adam Brooks – Creates a very good romantic comedy that will leave a smile on everyone’s faces. (9/10)

 

Comedy: Some good chuckle moments that fit in perfectly but no true laugh out loud moments. (8/10)

Romance: Some good romantic scenes to fit the overall story. (9/10)

Chemistry: Good chemistry between all the characters involved. (9/10)

Believability: Very much believable as most of us will find love in the strangest of situations. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: You might get some near the end. (5/10)

Settings: Most of it set in New York which is a great backdrop to the fast moving story. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest that everyone to watch, It is not to soppy so guys can enjoy with their over halves without them getting bored. It also gives enough romantic comedy levels to be enjoyable from start to finish. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Guessing who the mother is.

Funniest Scene: Penguin scene.

Oscar Chances: None

Chances of Sequel: No it is a good one off film.

 

Overall: A very good romantic comedy

 

Rating 86